About The Book
This book is about celebrating who we are and embracing our differences with acceptance and joy.
Sometimes I’ll overhear people say negative things about a person because of the color of their skin, perceived faith or ethnicity.
I immediately think of the people in my life, the many races, cultures and faiths that I have rolled up into one beautiful family.
I could not find a book that looked like us, definitely not one that celebrated our differences and our love for each other. So I wrote one! And with the talented, creative power of Damon Guthrie as illustrator, we have created a unique window into the best of the human family. We are almost ready to go to the publisher, and we need your help to get "If You Looked At Me" into the hands of children every where. - Wanda Remmers, Author
Meet The Author
In high school I noticed how unfair people’s judgement of each other based upon skin color, etc. was. 40 years ago I gave birth to my first daughter. She is African American and me. My second daughter came a few years later (she is the narrator in the book) and she is Mexican American and me. Since then I have met and loved so many more people, all wonderfully different. Some of them are in the book. - Wanda Remmers
Why We Need My Mom's Book...
I remember being a kid walking down the street feeling people staring at us- my mom with pale skin and blond hair, my sister with olive skin and long brown curls, and me with brown skin and wild, free locks. I am not sure if they were scared, or sad, or curious or what they were feeling. But they were staring, and I felt different. This book, my mom's book, reminds us that we are all "different". All of us have family members that have more, need more or work harder than others. That is because we are all human, part of the same tapestry of colors and textures, skills and abilities.
I wish I understood that as a kid. Or better yet, that we all knew how alike we really are. Then no one would be staring, and everyone would be smiling.
Kori Sanchez Smith
Help Publish If You Looked At Me...